In connection with us being sent home to our home office during the Korona crisis, a number of access cards for the Lab building have disappeared. We ask that everyone borrowed cards while the expedition was unattended, return these to the expedition immediately.
The faculty has made new guidelines for this autumns dissertations;
– Full digital disputations are still recommended. By fully digital we mean a solution where everyone involved, including the candidate, is disputing from their own home or office (with private or UiB equipment).
– The faculty allows for the use of suitable UiB premises by agreement with the relevant department. This is particularly relevant if the candidate only has access to the Helse-Bergen PC. If UiB premises are used, supervisors, as well as any committee chair and custos may be in the same room as the candidate. Opponents are not allowed to be physically present, even in cases where they are already in Bergen. Note that custos and committee chairmen must then have an opportunity to retire to attend the digital committee meeting, so that their own (brought) equipment is required for this. You can use a laptop, tablet or similar, but note that this must also be tested.
– PhD coordinator or other representatives from the administration can not be expected to be physically present, but will be available digitally and facilitate testing and implementation.
– Everyone who has an active role in the disputation must participate in testing in advance, with the equipment and in the room they will be staying at the disputation itself. Everyone who has an active role during the disputation must become well acquainted with the equipment through testing.
– IT assistant can be physically present as long as they do not work from home office. This is ordered via UiB help.
– Zoom webinar is the recommended solution from UiB Central. The IT department is working to get more licenses in place, probably from October. We will keep you updated on progress, but until further notice, UiBhjelp can be used to order the use of the license.
– The department will not provide food, tablecloths, cloaks or flowers to the room where the candidate is staying.
– It will not be possible to invite the public into the disputation room, even if the size of the room should indicate that it is possible.
– The faculty will offer administrative support to the departments on dates where one department has two disputations on the same day, but we will try as much as possible to avoid collisions.
Questions? Please contact Irene Hjelmaas
As previously announced, we need new candidates for K2`s Department council, group B (temporary scientific staff). You will be elected for one year at a time.
At the expiry of the deadline, no proposals had been submitted, so we ask that employees who would like to participate, send an email to email@example.com. Deadline April 15th.
Participation here will be educational and provide good knowledge about the department. There is a limited number of meetings per year, and it will look good on your CV 🙂
The Faculty of Medicine is concerned that we will have a course offer for PhD candidates who are in different phases of ph.d run.
Therefore, we are encouraged to be flexible when it comes to enrolling students in the various courses. This means flexible enrollment deadlines , and possibilities for external students to attend.
Delighted to receive on her behalf, Trond Mohns Starting Grant to Jenny Mjösberg from Karolinska Institute for setting up a research group on mucosa inflammation at K2 Department of Clinical Science, UiB.
We have received new instructions on requirements for archiving and open access to scientific articles from UiB centrally.
This means that all scientific articles funded by public funds should be openly available.
For scientific staff at K2, this means:
- All scientific publications related to a project funded by the Research Council, the EU or other financiers requiring open access shall be included in the project number of the financier in Cristin.
- The researcher is to ensure that a peer-reviewed full-text version of all scientific articles has been uploaded to Cristin’s post. Author’s accepted version should be uploaded, unless author confidently knows that publisher allows publishing of published version.
Publications without full upload will not be approved for reporting.
The deadline for uploads is February 1, 2020!
In the coming week, The Department will send out lists to each researcher of the publications this applies so far in 2019.
The instructions can be found here (norwegian only)
The Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine 2019
The 2019 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine was awarded to cancer researcher William G. Kaelin Jr, physician-scientist Sir Peter Ratcliffe and geneticist Gregg L. Semenza “for their discoveries of how cells sense and adapt to oxygen availability”. The ability of organisms to respond to changes in oxygen availability is of fundamental importance to life on earth. The prize-winning scientists have revealed how cells sense and respond to oxygen by switching genes on and off by oxygen-sensitive post-translational modification and the subsequent proteasomal degradation of hypoxia inducible factors. Among the applications of their discovery is a better understanding of how the body reacts when oxygen levels drop owing to exercise or stroke, and efforts to manipulate the response to slow the growth of oxygen-hungry cancer tumors.
Interestingly, in 2017 William G. Kaelin wrote in a commentary in Nature that many of the papers that he, Semenza and Ratcliffe wrote leading up to their discoveries “would be considered quaint, preliminary and barely publishable today”. “The goal of a paper seems to have shifted from validating specific conclusions to making the broadest possible assertions,” he argued, calling for a return to a focus on quality over impact.
What can be the causes for today’s inflation of impact and claims? One might be the emphasis funding agencies have on impact and translation of the results. Another can be that technological advances have made it easier to generate large amounts of research data, which can be published as online only supplements. Both these factors can encourage editors and reviewers to ask for extra experiments that can be byproducts, peripheral to the main conclusion or targeted to increase the impact.
In his comment in Nature in 2017, Kaelin concludes that he main question when reviewing a paper should be whether its conclusions are likely to be correct, not whether it would be important if it were true. Food for thought!
Have a nice week end!
Silje Skrede begynner 01.07. i stilling som professor i farmakologi ved K2. Hun er cand. med. fra UiB, har PhD innen psykofarmakologi og blir nå tilknyttet forskningsgruppen i farmakologi og farmasi (G4), som holder til i 9. etasje i laboratoriebygget. Samtidig blir hun ny fagansvarlig for undervisning i farmakologi ved medisinstudiet. Arbeidsplass blir i 9. etasje ved laboratoriebygget, og hun kan nås på firstname.lastname@example.org.
Anne-Lise Bjørke Monsen er spesialist i barnesykdommer og medisinsk biokjemi. Hun arbeider med vitaminer, sporelementer og miljøgifter, med et spesielt fokus på betydningen av mors status for spedbarnets nevrologiske utvikling. Hun har frem til nå hatt en 100% overlegestilling ved Avdeling for medisinsk biokjemi og farmakologi og en 20% stilling som førsteamanuensis på Klinisk institutt 2. Fra 1. oktober har hun en 100% førsteamanuensis stilling ved K2.
K2 is now conducting its annual survey of well-being for all employees.This is an important part of the HSE work at the institute.We ask all employees to send their answers via this link.
December 12th is closing in, and we are very much looking forward to what is a all time high participation. Here you will find som more details about the agenda.
Place: Sted: Grand Selskapslokaler, Nedre Ole Bullsplass 1
11:00 – 12:00 Lunch
12:00 Welcome, News from the Faculty, Jubilees
15:30 Ethics in publications
16:00 5 Researchgroups presents their research.
This years Institute Day will be held in Grand Selskapslokaler.
We start with lunsj, and finish with dinner.
Hope to see you all there!
Deadline: November 1st
Smoking is not allowed outside the entrance of the Lab-building 8th floor!
This area is outside the ventilation of the building and smoke is rapported inside the building.
Please respect that this is a non-smoking area!
Introducing Emil Teigland Zachariassen, who is a laboratory technician apprentice. Emil began in August 2018 at the Department of Clinical Science. If you want to say hello, you can find him at the Core Facility for Metabolomics on the 8th floor in the Laboratory building.
Save the date – Oktober 4th
The Postgradute School of Clinical Medicine is preparing a new Network Luncheon for all PhD fellows and researchers at K1 and K2 departments.
Now is the time to sign up as a presenter, if you would like to present your latest results, engage in discussion with other PhD students and practice your presentation skills.
The upcoming Network Luncheon will take place Tuesday 25th of September, in the Konferanserom of BBB (in front of auditoriums 2 and 4), from 12:00 to 13:30
Register your participation here
Take a break from your daily lab-routine and enjoy a free lunch, socialize and hear talks from fellow PhD students, and on top of all that, earn one ECTS point!
Feel free to contact us with any questions you may have!
I hope everyone has had a nice holiday returning with the batteries reloaded.
At the time of writing, the students have already begun, and many K2 employees are fully occupied with teaching. It is often busy getting started after the holiday. Switching from a hopefully quiet vacation to a hectic university life takes some time. New students means some more work at the start. Research never rests. Although many have picked up email and delt with the most urgent, most have probably a lot of outstanding tasks that now need to be sorted out.
So most people do not start the autumn term with empty baskets. Nevertheless, there may be reason to look into the next six months with new eyes. The new study plan has meant that many have had to change the organization of teaching, but has the content been changed accordingly? Can it be improved and made easier and more accessible? The fall is time for scientific meetings with professional refills and interaction with other researchers. Can this opportunity be used to define new research questions and research projects so that you are better prepared when the deadlines for applying for research funding come next spring?
Autumn is a nice time with many new opportunities. Grab these. Good luck with a new term.
Tuesday June 5th
(Lab building 8.1/8.2)
Wednesday June 6th
(Lab building 8.1/8.2)
Thursday June 7th
(Lab building 8.1/8.2)
K2 is now conducting its annual survey of well-being for all employees.
This is an important part of the HSE work at the institute.
We ask all employees to send their answers via this link.
Friday at 4 pm the floors in the 7, 8, 9th floor in the Lab. building will be closed for maintainance.
The floors may be used after the barrier belts has been removed.
You can also get in touch with Marius by email: Marius.Alvheim@uib.no
Our dear head of department is appointed as a new dean at the Faculty of Medicine.
Read more here På høyden
Priority for investment in research and education (Table 4)
In the preparations of the budget for 2018, the department requests input to priority investments. Use the attached table.
Your proposal can be sent to Siv Eggereide no later than Friday 02 June at. 12:00. Applications that arrive after this time, will not be considered.
After the deadline, a committee will prioritize the proposals that have been received. Contact Siv if you have any questions.